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Website Traffic Boost using Google Maps and Local Guides

We’re all looking for ways to increase our website traffic or bring more eyes to our social pages. Let me tell you about a free, authentic and effective way of doing just that.

I received a really cool e-mail from Google this week, that told me that my photos had helped over 250K people on Google Maps (255,361 to be precise!).

Local Guides 250K Views for Free Website Traffic

How?

If you’re anything like me, you use Google for everything.  I regularly use: Search; Maps; YouTube; Gmail; Drive; G+; and, Translate. I actually just surprised myself at how much I rely on Google services.

Well…about a year ago I signed up as a Google Local Guide.

Google Local Guides are basically people who share their discoveries on Google Maps. This allows people to get more value from Google Maps by benefiting from the experience of others.  This could be a review of a local restaurant or a picture of your local beach.

So that’s good for Google, but what’s in it for you?

Well there are actually 5 different levels of guide (I’m a level 3).  A level 5 becomes a “Google Insider”, and gets to test new products before public release.  This Local Guides benefits page gives you a complete run down.

But personally, I’m not doing it for the Google benefits. I’m doing it because every picture I share carries my watermark and gives me free website traffic.  This image of The Shore in Edinburgh, Scotland has received 21, 445 views alone.

The Shore, Leith - More than 21,000 views providing Free Website Traffic

 

This image of Carson’s Pioneer Lookout in NSW, Australia has received 9,761 views.

Carsons Lookout Thunderbolts Way - More than 9,000 views providing Free Website Traffic

 

And this image of Murcia Cathedral in Spain has been viewed a whopping 39,363 times!

Murcia Cathedral - More than 39,000 views providing Free Website Traffic

It’s very important to keep your images relevant to the exact place on Google Maps that they are of (otherwise, I’m sure Google will remove them and you from Local Guides). However, it’s worth bearing in mind that as a landscape, cityscape, seascape photographer I’m much more interested in uploading those kinds of images. However, you’ll find that the local McDonalds is searched for on Google Maps much more than the places I like to photograph.  Food for thought?!

More importantly, the more accurate you are, the more relevant your image is to the person making the search on Google Maps. They are then far more likely to read your watermark (free advert) and visit your website.

Something that I haven’t done (yet), and also strongly advise, is that you also use your watermark to drive traffic to your various social media profiles.

I hope that boosts your website traffic or increases your followers on your social profiles.

Please click my social links, follow my page and say hi. You’ll then be first to know about my next blog.

 

Fraser 😉

DJI Mavic Pro – WOW!

You’ve probably heard the saying

the best camera is the one you have with you

which I totally agree with, or at least I did, until they invented the DJI Mavic Pro.  And I haven’t even got mine yet!

DJI launched the Mavic at the end of September 2016, and I was blown away.  The Mavic is a portable camera drone, which – at AUD $1699 – offers incredible quality and portability.

When launched, I was choosing between the DJI Phantom 4 or the (also new) Go Pro Karma. Let’s just say I’m glad I was indecisive, because the Mavic made my decision easy.

Personally, I’m a stills guy, and that’s what I’ll be using the Mavic for initially, but I do have ambitions to get involved in motion too (as well as, not instead of).

Now the downside! I don’t think that DJI were quite ready to release the Mavic, but once Go Pro launched the Karma they brought it forward (to make sure Go Pro didn’t capture some of ‘their’ market share).  As a result – and due to the popularity of the drone – deliveries have been delayed. I’m expecting mine pre-Christmas, and hopefully early December.

I actually bought the Fly More Combo, which at AUD $2199 includes a shoulder bag, additional propellers, an extra battery, a charging hub and a car charger. With hindsight, this probably means I’ll have to wait a little longer than those who just bought the Mavic by itself.

What do other people say?

So…I appreciate I sound like a fan-boy, which admittedly I am, so here’s a bit more information if you want to judge for yourself.

Here’s the guys at Flite Test reviewing the Mavic Pro:

I’d also recommend the reviews from Drone Valley, who tell it like they see it.  If you want both the good and the bad, you’ll get it here:

If you’re considering buying or have just bought the DJI Mavic Pro, and want to compare notes, or if you’ve been flying for a while and want to give me advice, please say hello via your preferred social platform.

Happy flying,

Fraser

What Happened to TSU?

If you’re anything like me, your daily routine at some point involved going to your PC, laptop, desktop or mobile and logging in to TSU. It looks like I’ve done this for the last time, because today as I logged on – as I’ve done since October 2014 – I got the dreaded “we have taken tsu dark” message.

So what happened to TSU?

TSU burst on to the social media scene back in 2014, with a promise to pass 90% of the revenue generated by the platform back to the users of the platform.  The idea was simple, it’s your content, we’ll monetize it, keep a little and pass back a lot.

It was (and still is) a wonderful idea.  But, unfortunately the execution of the business model didn’t live up to the idea. Why? Because they failed to recognize their biggest asset…the community.

Yes, there were many who tried to scam the system, and make a few extra cents here and there, but there were also many who didn’t, who wanted the network to succeed. I personally tried to engage with the company many times with ideas to help them succeed (because by helping them, I was also helping myself and others).  Unfortunately, this help was neither acknowledged nor accepted.

I – with hindsight foolishly – believed that the problems were those of a new company, with a small budget and that they would learn as they went. However, today’s announcement shows that time got the better of them.

Was it all a scam?

I believe not. I along with others look likely to lose the balance of our accounts (if they are under $100), and I would love to know where all that money is going to go (remember there were 5.2 million registered accounts).  However, I was paid several times. I also made nearly 200 donations to verified charities (some a few cents, some a few dollars). I will forever feel good about that, and so should the staff at TSU that tried to make a difference.

I also made a few genuine connections and friendships, which is a very difficult thing to do online. I hope that these connections will persist long after TSU is gone.

So what does this teach us?

The main lesson is to not put all our eggs in one basket.  If you’re trying to build an online presence or profile, you have to use the multiple channels that are available to you, and they should all point towards each other (and preferably back to a website of your own that you control).

Where to now?

A lot of people will now be looking for a new TSU, and I’ve even spoken to some who are interested in creating one (I wish them all the best with this). But, in the meantime, where are the substitutes and where should you focus your efforts?

Facebook

The grand-daddy of them all. The one where everyone is. The one where you’ve likely tried to convince people to leave. But yet…here we all are! Personally, I believe that Facebook is a necessary evil for now. Whilst they have the critical mass of people, you should still pay attention to it. It has however got progressively worse since it began, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s feed has got clogged up with junk more and more. So where else?

Instagram

For those of us who’s skills are visual (it’s photography for me), then Instagram is a good choice. It’s owned by Facebook, therefore Facebook don’t penalise the content when you share it.  i.e. I get 10 times the reach from a post I share to Facebook from Instagram than I do from my own WordPress website (that is not a coincidence).

Snapchat

Snapchat

The young upstart. The place made famous for nude selfies is now playing in the big league. With in excess of 100 million downloads from the android Play store, it is no longer a joke. MTV, National Geographic and Cosmopolitan are unlikely to all be wrong.

If you can work out a way to make Snapchat work for you, you may well be on to a winner.

G+

I love G+, but it might only be me and a couple of others that do! Possibly the best network, look, feel, functionality etc but it’s just not used by the masses. Unless you’re there already, I don’t think I’d recommend starting.

YouTube

Geek to mainstream in 10 years. A true success story, that keeps getting better. I’ve personally only ever made 2 videos (and one of those was for TSU) but I intend to make YouTube a big part of my future efforts…and remember they also share the revenue.

If you still think that YouTube is just about cats falling over, I’d recommend that the first 2 channels you follow are Casey Neistat and Gary Vaynerchuk.  These guys have literally changed my entire outlook on life, and I can’t thank them enough.

I also believe Music.ly is going to be great (it won’t be for me…but it will be for many) and that Twitter, Pinterest etc are on the decline.

I hope that helps give some of you some direction. I wish all the great, genuine and original TSUvians the very best, and that ours paths cross again in the future.

If you’d like to make the connection elsewhere, please do so via the links in the text above, or via the social icons on my website. Any shares of this post via your own social networks are of course much appreciated.

Peace and love,

Fraser

 

Is TSU a Pyramid Scheme?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Many people are immediately turned off by TSU because they think it’s a pyramid scheme.

By having the ‘family tree’ structure, the person who invited you to TSU will benefit financially from you being there. How much they will benefit is entirely up to you.  It will range from zero to infinity, but will always only be one third of the benefit you receive.

First we need to understand,

Q. What is a Pyramid Scheme?

A. A pyramid scheme is simply a business model that is unsustainable – and often illegal – that convinces you to join by promising payments (or other incentives) if you encourage other people to join.

Usually this means that money has to come in the front door faster than it goes out the back door.  This will often work until sign-ups start to decrease or people lose confidence.  By this stage, the owners have made their money and the little guy is left with a hole in his wallet.

 

Q. TSU gives payments, and encourages users to ‘recruit’ so this means it’s a pyramid scheme. Right?

A. Wrong.  He’s why

  1. It costs nothing to join or use TSU, so any money in the system is coming purely from advertisers (who choose to advertise), and not from you. You can never lose money only gain some. How much, is entirely up to you and your actions.
  2. TSU ‘only’ gives out 90% of the revenue generated by advertising, so there is always more money coming in the front door than goes out the back. If they don’t make it, they don’t pay it.
  3. TSU sign-ups have already come in waves, and the network shows no signs of going away. Usually a wave follows a user with a large following joining and bringing some of that following with them.

 

Q. So is it better than other social networks?

A. Well…this is a matter of opinion.  Have you ever received a share of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter’s revenue?

Have any of these networks ever directly shared their success with a charity, due the the charity’s participation in the network only?

 

Q. So should I quit other social networks and just use TSU?

A. No. TSU is still comparatively small (a bit under 5 million registered users) and does not have the reach of the social media behemoths. However, I think the genie is now out of the bottle and we’ve already seen (particularly with Facebook) that the big boys don’t know what to do about TSU.

TSU is going to grow. How quickly, only time will tell, but it should definitely be part of your social media setup.

 

Please share to your favourite social network (buttons below). I do appreciate the irony that there is no TSU button.  I predict that will come soon too. 😉

Thanks 🙂

 

Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement
Tip 8: Connect your Social Profiles
Tip 9: Spammers and Copyright Infringement
Tip 10: Who YOU should invite to TSU
Tip 11: Is Google finding your TSU posts?
Tip 12: How to get more followers on TSU?
Tip 13: TSU Invite Code

 

Connect your Social Profiles

Q. What are my Social Profiles?

A. Your social profiles are the other accounts you have on Social Media, i.e. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter etc.

Q. How do I connect them?

A. There are 2 different ways.

First, go to your page.  At the top where you see your name, your username and your friend and follower numbers, you’ll also see an ‘Edit Profile’ button on the left hand side.

Connect your Social Profiles

Click that button and fill in your website details (if you have one), your YouTube channel, Tumblr and Pinterest accounts.  Click ‘Save’.

Now go back to your page and you’ll see the links on the left hand side.

The second thing to do is to connect your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Click your profile picture (top right), click ‘Settings’ and then click ‘Social Accounts’.  Fill in details for whatever accounts you have.

The next time you create a post, the Facebook and Twitter icons will now allow you to send that post directly to your other accounts (NB: make sure you do this before clicking ‘Post’ on TSU).

Social Sharing to Facebook and Twitter

Q.  Ok, I’ve got that, but why?

A. If you share your posts to your other social profiles and someone then navigates to TSU via your link (shortcode invitation) and then signs up, they will become your ‘Child’, and you may benefit from that.

It will also help you find your contacts from other networks on TSU.

Learning to use multiple social media sites in harmony is a powerful skill and one which you can use to help build brand YOU.

Don’t worry if you don’t use all the social websites.  Just connect the ones that you do.

Please share to your favourite social network (buttons below).

Thanks 🙂

 

Read more tips at:

Tip 1: How do you find the right people
Tip 2: Don’t be a Eucalyptus Head
Tip 3: Account Restrictions
Tip 4: How to invite Friends
Tip 5: Use Hashtags
Tip 6: Mention other TSU Users
Tip 7: Meaningful Engagement

TSU – Why you are getting it wrong

Ok…let’s start with the obvious and the honest. None of us need to join another social media platform.

I personally use: Facebook; Google+; Twitter; YouTube and Pinterest. I also use Fine Art America, Dreamstime and my own website (no need for a link…you’re on it!)

So why do you need TSU.  Short answer…you don’t need it, but you might want it, and here’s why.

The nearest comparison is Facebook.  The format and structure is similar and if you can use Facebook you can use TSU.  But why move? Well, Facebook keeps 100% of the revenue it generates from advertising alongside your content.  You know…your comments, shares, pictures, videos etc.  TSU is only going to keep 10% and is passing the other 90% back to it’s users.

 

Why I was Getting it Wrong

I was quite excited by the model and immediately set about trying to get as many friends and followers as I could.  Much like you do with the other social networks.

Let’s face it, if we are just trying to be social with our friends and family you don’t go looking for strangers to talk to, but if you have a business, a product, a service, a skill etc. that you are trying to tell people about then you need to tell as many people as possible until you find the one(s) who need or want it.

I’m a photographer, and I have managed to build a network of great people across the various social sites.  I spend a lot of time speaking to people who like, comment or share my posts.  Some of them even buy my work! They are helping me promote myself and I’m happy to do the same in return for them.

But ultimately, the GET MORE FOLLOWERS attitude is selfish.

 

How to Get it Right

Here’s the kicker…the TSU model encourages you to think of others first, and it incentivises you to do so!  Clever eh.

Anyone you invite to TSU becomes your ‘Child’.  Anyone they invite to TSU becomes your ‘Grandchild’ and so on.

10% of the ad revenue goes to TSU

45% of the ad revenue goes to the content creator

The remaining 45% (in decreasing percentages) goes to the rest of the ‘family tree’

 

So…Who Can You Help?

Do you know an aspiring writer, painter, singer, blogger, speaker etc? Then use your personal invite to invite them to TSU. They get a new platform to promote themselves and you share in their success.

Do you participate in online forums where your opinion is respected? Introduce others whose opinion you respect and the chances are they will be successful too.

Do you have friends and family on Facebook that you would like to see being paid for doing what they are already doing for free?  Invite them to TSU.  Use your invite link and that helps you too.

 

It’s All About the Quality

Right now there is plenty of “Follow Me, Follow Me” noise.  I was guilty of it too.  But…the frenzy will calm down, and the people who will do well will be the ones with a big ‘family’ who post, share and like quality content. Spammers beware!

If you decide that TSU is for you, then please say hello when you join up.

 

Fraser

Make it Personal

It seems the most obvious of things to say about a blog, and the whole point of the blog in the first place, but I can see how it would be very easy to get caught in the trap of just regurgitating what other people have to say.

If I ever do that…please tell me!

So this is my third post.  By the very nature of it, your first post is to noone.  Then somehow someone picks it up and then you have a ‘follower’…and after that it’s supposed to grow (I assume).

I wrote my first post, and noone read it.  You get basic stats from Blogger about page impressions etc. and the only impressions I had had were from me!  🙂  I then worked out how to turn off me and then I had none.  So that was slightly deflating.

As a few days went on I had a few pages impressions, all from the USA (which I know isn’t me…I live in Australia).

Then I mentioned on a Facebook group “Breakfast Stock Club” that I was going to write a blog.  I was slightly concerned that Bonnie Caton – the lady that runs the group – might have not liked someone ‘advertising’ themselves on her page.  How wrong was I.  Bonnie then wrote me a message to say that she’d feature my blog in her newsletter that Friday!  She was as good as her word.

So what you want to know now is what impact it had…get to the point Fraser!

Well on Thursday I’d had a few views.   As of 5 minutes ago I’d had 167 page views, 5 followers (hi Diane, Larry, Nancy, Ashley and Patrice) 3 Google+ adds and 1858 views on my Google+ page.

Don’t worry, I appreciate that these numbers are still extremely small compared to the following of others, but it just shows what a bit of networking, posting, and sharing ideas can achieve in a short space of time in the social networking age.

Next time I’ll talk about keywording tips that’ll save you time (but not that much as I’ve got to go).

Have a good Monday.

Fraser